Erechtites hieracifolia

Pilewort, Fireweed

Names and Myths

Erechtites an ancient plant name used by Dioscorides for some species of groundsel.

hieracifolia with leaves of hawkweed.

Natural history / Folklore

Plant can be very abundant following a fire. Flowers contain only disk flowers, no rays. Plant can grow to 10 feet in height.46

The plant has been used as a remedy for both piles and dysentery.2


Cluster of brush-shaped flowers with no rays. Swollen based envelope of green bracts.

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